“I think now it’s been explained properly people will embrace it,” says Mrs Herbert, whose school normally teaches 184 pupils but is currently remaining open for between five and eight each day. “We all want to get back to normal. It’s in our interests to do it.”
It is hoped that more than 50 per cent of islanders will download the app during the trial, though some residents suspect their elderly relatives might not be so enamoured with the new-fangled tracking technology.
“My 80-year-old dad never even had a mobile phone let alone a smart phone so it’s not going to happen,” says Paul Griffin, the owner of a dairy farm, café and farmshop on the island, whose family have been farmers here since 1923.
While the 50-year-old welcomes the new app, he worries that it could harm his already struggling business if members of his 30-strong workforce are ordered to self-isolate after being informed by the app that they have potentially come into contact with the virus. “We are an essential business operating fully round the clock and if I have a lot of staff self-isolating that will seriously affect us,” he says.
Andrew Nordbruch, the 33-year-old owner of Wight Computers in Newport, says there have been understandable concerns over privacy and security around the app. But he added these have been allayed after the Government published details on Monday evening.
Currently, he admits, it is one of the few weapons we have at our disposal. “I would suggest it’s probably not perfect but overall it will help save lives,” he says